Should I Create or Sedate?
Following up on my Learned Helplessness post, we now look at how we use our time.
Time management plays a huge role in how we deal with problems regardless of the nature of the problem. We never seem to have enough time to deal with family problems, health issues, lack of money, production or work. There’s just no time or not enough time in the day.
When the weekend hits, we seem to find time to relax, to unwind, to put the breaks on production and just “enjoy life”. Hey, I’m all for taking a break every now and then but Americans tend to take this a bit too far. It seems like we’re always on break- even though we complain about not having enough time. The question is, should you be creating, or should you be sedating?
Sedating is not about having drinks or smoking weed if you happen to be in Colorado. (If it’s legal in your state and it doesn’t affect anyone but you, go for it.) Sedation, to me, is ignoring the work or the problem by being busy doing something else. Some folks go to the gym for 2-3 hours at a time to “smash” a workout instead of making that extra sales call, meeting potential leads, or helping around the house. It appears okay, as you’re doing it for the family, trying to stay in shape, and relieving your stress. It could be staying late at the office and taking on more responsibilities because, once again, you’re doing it for the family. You’re trying to make extra money and have job security while losing your health because you don’t have time to go to the gym.
Recently, it was discovered that folks who use Instagram spend 25-40 minutes per session looking at what everyone else is doing; and 1/3 of those pictures are motivational in nature- "get up", "get going", "believe in yourself", "you can do it". Facebook is even more time-consuming. The average Facebook user logs in 2-4 times a day and typically spend 20-30 minutes on line each time.
How many hours a day do you spend watching TV? I get in at least a couple hours everyday; but “I’m different” because I watch Nova so I’m learning stuff. I also watch Big Bang Theory as they have smart witty jokes, and don’t forget The Walking Dead. That’s some survival stuff there, you know, just in case stuff goes sideways.
The Hard Truth
What I’m trying to say is, everyday we are presented with options. One of those options is to create. The other is to sedate. Your sedation is costing you your creation. Creating time with your family, with your children, planning Date Night with your spouse. Creating the body you know is in there, the one that’s dying to come out under all those layers of reasons and delayed actions. Creating the business that’s inside you, the one you have no time for.
If you don’t know where you want to go, then you’re already there.
It’s time to break the sedation loop by deciding first and planning second. Write down what you want to do, who you want to be, where you want to go. Keep the plan simple by focusing on base hits every day. If you try to hit a home run every time at bat, you’ll get frustrated and quit. With base hits, you advance a little bit every day.
The biggest obstacle for most people is their health, and that’s where I come in. I am a health expert. If you need help, just ask. Shoot me an email or give me a call and let me know what’s going on. We’re all different, although, I will point you in the right direction so you can discover what’s best for you.